What did Wisconsin Republicans do this week?
They continued to attack voting rights:
"On the last night of the legislative session, Republicans, at the very last minute, sprung a new bill to cut down early voting even further. The bill they sprung on everybody last night would force every county clerk in the state to shut down early voting at 5 p.m. on every weekday and offer no voting on weekends at all. So no early voting after work and no voting on weekends."
"The Republicans in Wisconsin came up with a new twist on their voting restrictions. Republicans want you to declare, when you vote, if you are a poor person. And if you say that you are a poor person, that you do not have the right documentation to show to be allowed to vote because you cannot afford to get that documentation, you have to sign a form swearing that you are poor. Once you’ve done that your ballot will be put in a separate pile from everybody else’s and your ballot will be marked as a ‘challenged ballot.’"
And then it all gets even weirder and even worse. Watch the video.
Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.
--Justice Ginsburg, dissenting from today’s Supreme Court decision regarding the Voting Rights Act (Shelby County v. Holder)
Photo: Christopher Gregory/NYT
A woman living here has registered to vote, thereby assuming responsibility of citizenship.
Election day, Wisconsin! Head to the polls by 8:00 tonight! And remember, you can register to vote right at your polling place.
Please consider voting Ed Fallone for Supreme Court Justice and Tony Evers for State Superintendent.
An In-Depth Look at the Wisconsin Supreme Court Race
Roggensack declined to recuse in a case where one party was represented by Donald Schott, an attorney who had represented her in a 2008 proceeding before the Government Accountability Board. She has also refused to disclose whether she received Schott’s services for free or at a reduced rate. And when lawyers for the losing side filed a motion saying Roggensack should have recused herself, she actually participated in a decision ruling that she didn’t need to recuse.
Her behavior received national attention. “Roggensack’s participation in judging her own conduct showed astounding disregard for legal ethics and every litigant’s right to impartial justice,” The New York Times declared.
Wisconsin: Tuesday, February 19th is primary day!
I hope you’ll consider voting Ed Fallone for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice. He’s been endorsed by Russ Feingold, Gwen Moore, Dave Obey, Wisconsin AFL-CIO, WEAC, SEIU, Fair Wisconsin, AFSCME Council 40, and many others. You can learn more about him here.
If you have questions about how or where to vote, find your answer here.
Rachel Maddow: The GOP’s New Math
Republicans are trying to figure out if they can use the fact that Republicans have control of the state government to change who that state votes for for President.
Wisconsin this past election would have cast its 200,000 more votes for Obama than Romney. But, instead of Obama getting 10 electoral votes out of it, Wisconsin effectively would have cast half a vote for Romney and half a vote for Obama — it would have been 5 to 5 in terms of electoral votes. Extrapolate this out to the national level under the most aggressive plan that’s been put forward on the Republican side and President Obama would have finished the election nationwide with 5 million more votes than Mitt Romney but Mitt Romney could still have won the electoral college and won the presidency.
Ending Same-Day Voter Registration Would Cost Wisconsin $5.2 million
Ending same-day voter registration in Wisconsin — as Republicans are seeking to do — would cost at least $5.2 million initially and would not reduce the administrative work of clerks.
Republicans Alberta Darling and Joel Kleefisch are drafting the legislation. Contact them:
Alberta Darling: Phone: 608-266-5830 Email: Sen.Darling@legis.wisconsin.gov
Joel Kleefisch: Phone: 608-266-8551 Email: Rep.Kleefisch@legis.wisconsin.gov